Special Edition: May 21, 2010
Reappointment of Peter Lennie as Dean of Faculty of the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering
To: The University Community
From: President Joel Seligman
I have recommended to the Board of Trustees that Peter Lennie be reappointed as Senior Vice President and Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2010.
Peter’s deanship has been highlighted by major achievements, including outstanding faculty hiring and the appointment of Rob Clark to be dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; strengthening of the quality and diversity of our undergraduate enrollment; a strategic plan that has laid the basis for the addition of over 20 tenured and tenure track professors in the past four years and notable new programs such as majors in international relations and public health; and his strengthening of the financial health of the College, an important achievement at any time, but all the more impressive that much of the College’s progress was achieved during a recession. As with many, I have been deeply impressed by Peter’s extraordinary intelligence and integrity.
In reviewing Peter’s deanship, I benefitted from an unusually thoughtful process led by Provost Ralph Kuncl and a College Dean Review Committee. Both Ralph’s review and the separate review by the College Dean Review Committee conducted in-depth interviews with a significant number of faculty members and academic leaders and each separately conducted an on-line survey which resulted in responses, often quite detailed, from approximately one-third of the faculty of the College in Ralph’s review and approximately one-fourth in the case of the College Dean Review Committee. In addition, there were several additional e-mails and letters forwarded by faculty and I spoke to approximately 20 faculty members and department chairs.
I am deeply grateful to Ralph Kuncl and the College Dean Review Committee. Their work has been illuminating and quite helpful in understanding all dimensions of Peter Lennie’s deanship.
Peter shares with me and the University Board a dream of a College that makes significant further progress during the next five years in terms of quality growth in its programs, success in its capital campaign and new facilities as resources are available to strengthen the College’s ability to provide world-class education for our students and support a truly outstanding faculty. While the 2008-09 recession may have slowed us down and caused some modifications in the College’s strategic plan, I am excited, as we appear to be pulling out of the recession, by the prospect of working with Peter to accelerate further substantial steps to strengthen a great College.